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Startups Weekly: 2019’s dead startups

Welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the defining moments of VC in 2019. Before that, I noted some thoughts on U.S. VC activity in Europe.

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2019’s lost startups

Startups perish for many reasons but there’s one constant: this is an incredibly difficult business. Launching a successful company isn’t just a matter of drive and finding the right people (though both, clearly, are important). Doing well in this business requires the stars to align perfectly on a billion different things.

A cursory look at this year’s batch of companies doesn’t find any story quite as spectacular as last year’s big Theranos flameout, which gave us a best-selling book, documentary, podcast series and upcoming Adam McKay/Jennifer Lawrence film. Some, like MoviePass, however, may have come close.

And for every Theranos, there are dozens of stories of hardworking founders with promising products that simply couldn’t make it to the finish line. There’s also room for debate about what is and isn’t a startup. For our purposes, we’re focusing here on independent startups, not digital initiatives from larger companies — though in at least one case, the startup was acquired by a larger company before shutting down.

So without further ado, here are some of the biggest and most fascinating startups that closed up shop in 2019. 


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Source: TechCrunch

4 Robot Vacuum Tips That Will Help You Keep a Tidy Home

With a few simple tips, an automated robot vacuum can be your new best friend.
Source: Wired

The best Wi-Fi routers in 2020 – CNET

Your router is the unsung hero holding your smart home together. From mesh to gaming to Wi-Fi 6, here are the best we’ve tested, for every budget.
Source: CNET

Best graphics cards for gamers and creatives in 2020 – CNET

Picking a new graphics AMD or Nvidia card can be overwhelming. We’ll help you get started with everything you need to know.
Source: CNET

The best true wireless earbuds of 2020 – CNET

True wireless headphones are all the rage. Here are the top wire-free models you can buy right now.
Source: CNET

The best LED floodlights you can buy in 2020 – CNET

Today’s BR30 LED floodlight bulbs are better and more affordable than ever before. Here are the best ones.
Source: CNET

Banana Boat, Neutrogena, Supergoop: The best sunscreens for 2020 – CNET

Sunscreen formulas have never been better. Here are some of the best you can buy.
Source: CNET

Revenue train kept rolling all year long for Salesforce

Salesforce turned 20 this year, and the most successful pure enterprise SaaS company ever showed no signs of slowing down. Consider that the company finished the year on an $18 billion run rate, rushing toward its 2022 revenue goal of $20 billion. Oh, and it also spent a tidy $15.7 billion to buy Tableau this year in the most high-profile and expensive acquisition it’s ever made.

Co-founder, chairman and CEO Marc Benioff published a book called Trailblazer about running a socially responsible company, and made the rounds promoting it. In fact, he even stopped by TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in September, telling the audience that capitalism as we know it is dead. Still, the company announced it was building two more towers in Sydney and Dublin.

It also promoted Bret Taylor just last week, who could be in line as heir apparent to Benioff and co-CEO Keith Block whenever they decide to retire. The company closed the year with a bang with a $4.5 billion quarter. Salesforce, for the most part, has somehow been able to balance Benioff’s vision of responsible capitalism while building a company makes money in bunches, one that continues to grow and flourish, and that’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

All aboard the gravy train

The company just keeps churning out good quarters. Here’s what this year looked like:


Source: TechCrunch

Will Apple’s 2020 iPad Pros sport a rear triple camera?

It’s the end of the year but the rumor mill is cranking, this time with renders of a supposed upcoming 2020 iPad Pro with an augmented camera array — featuring triple rear cameras — that appear identical to the iPhone 11 Pro.
Source: Digital trends

Jason Sudeikis punched Baby Yoda, and The Mandalorian fans punch back – CNET

It’s as if millions of voices cried out in terror and said: “Do NOT mess with Baby Yoda.”
Source: CNET

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